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Cemstone Companies Celebrate 90 years of Building our Communities

Mendota Heights, Minn. – Cemstone Companies is celebrating nine decades of providing ready-mixed concrete, block and other products for homes, public infrastructure and major regional landmarks. All employees from the fourth-generation family-owned business’s three divisions were invited to an anniversary event on October 28 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The stadium is one of the most recent milestone projects built with Cemstone Companies products. In fact, 916 bags of mortar from TCC Materials, 750,000 concrete blocks from Amcon, 114,600 cubic yards of Cemstone ready-mixed concrete and 65,000 tons of sand from Dakota Aggregates are used throughout the 1.75 million square foot stadium.

“It’s fitting we invited employees and their guests to gather at U.S. Bank Stadium to celebrate their work,” said Tom Becken, CEO of Cemstone Companies. “Employees from all of our divisions, Cemstone, TCC Materials and Amcon, were integral to the construction of this massive building.”

Tom Becken was honored at the event for his 60 years with the company. Since he started back in 1957, he has helped lead the company through a strategic transformation from a small, east metro-focused company to one with operations in seven states.

Cemstone had humble beginnings on St. Paul’s east side, when Tom Becken’s grandfather, Hammon T. Becken, started a business with one horse-drawn wagon delivering hand-dug sand to construction sites. Now, Cemstone Companies owns and operates a network of ready-mix concrete plants, aggregate facilities, building supply manufacturing plants and concrete masonry production facilities throughout the upper Midwest.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed October 28 as Cemstone Products Company Day to recognize the 90th anniversary.

“We are honored by the governor’s proclamation,” said Tom Becken. “Since my grandfather Hammon T. Becken founded Cemstone in 1927, we’ve made it our commitment to build with the best—the best employees, products and partners. This 90th anniversary is really a celebration of how people and businesses have come together to make Cemstone Companies who we are today.”

View Governor Dayton’s proclamation here

About Cemstone Companies

Cemstone, TCC Materials and Amcon own and operate a network of ready-mix concrete plants, packaging facilities, construction material stores and aggregate facilities, which offer a full line of premium construction-related materials including ready-mixed concrete, concrete repair products, aggregate products, concrete masonry units, brick and decorative stone.


Cemstone Receives the Finance & Commerce 2017 Progress Minnesota Award

Now in its sixth year, Finance & Commerce’s Progress Minnesota event showcases the entrepreneurial spirit and economic development occurring across the state. More than two dozen individuals, companies and organizations were selected for this year’s honor by an independent panel of judges.

The 29 honorees were feted April 6 at the Minneapolis Events Center. Gov. Mark Dayton issued a proclamation to celebrate April 6 as Progress Minnesota Day.

Since the first Progress Minnesota event in 2012, attendees have told us how impressed they are by the strength and creativity in Minnesota’s business community.  

Cemstone is pleased to share this year we received the Finance & Commerce 2017 Progress Minnesota Award.  

In 1927, when Hammon T. Becken started Cemstone, workers dug sand and gravel by hand to produce high-quality concrete blocks.

Ninety years later, Cemstone stands as Minnesota’s largest family-owned concrete company, operating advanced ready-¬mix concrete plants and aggregate facilities in more than 90 locations in the Midwest with about 2,000 employees.

During the past 10 years, Cemstone has expanded its geographic reach by acquiring more than 30 similar family-owned concrete businesses, said company spokeswoman Rachel Kanz. The company has added several new lines to its business and its ready-mix division now includes 22 new production plants in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

Cemstone’s products range from premium ready-¬mixed and decorative concrete to concrete masonry units and decorative stone.

Cemstone also runs a chain of contractor supply stores, and its fleet of ready-mix concrete trucks and booms deliver high-quality concrete that is used for everything from residential driveways and roadways to bridges and high-rise commercial buildings.

In the Twin Cities, Cemstone has participated in the building of, among others, St. Croix Crossing, U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field and the Lowry Avenue bridge.

Company executives credit Cemstone’s success to employees and their perseverance to continually improve products and services. A leader in environmentally friendly technologies and practices, Cemstone has won numerous industry awards for its work, including the National Ready Mix Concrete Association’s environmental excellence award and the 2012 Charles Pankow innovation award for its work on the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis.

 

Cemstone Recognized by National Ready Mixed Concrete Association for Commitment to Environmental Excellence

Cemstone is the Central Regional winner of the 2016 NRMCA Commitment to Environmental Excellence Award

Mendota Heights, Minn. – September 23, 2016 – Cemstone, has been chosen as the Central Regional 1st-place winner in the 2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition. The competition, for which Cemstone’s Mankato, Minn. facility received the award, is for the 16-state Central Region.

“Both the City of Mankato and Cemstone are committed to being leaders in environmental excellence,” said Alex Olin, Cemstone’s Environmental and Safety Coordinator.  “Cemstone will continue to strive to be a leader in environmental issues in the community.”

Through the Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition, the NRMCA’s Operations, Environment, and Safety committee salutes companies that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and staff investment.  The competition was judged on 10 separate criteria that demonstrated the company’s commitment to the environment through innovative management.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association was established in 1930 and operates through a partnership agreement with state associations.  Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion and education.

Business Development Manager

John D. LeeMendota Heights, Minn. – July 2016 – Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in ready-mixed, engineered and architectural concrete, as well as aggregates, announced that John D. Lee, P.E., LEED® AP, has joined the company in the position of Business Development Manager. Lee will bring to Cemstone his experience as a Professional Engineer with a proven track record to our Sales Division.

John will be working with owners, specifiers, contractors and municipalities in further establishing Cemstone as the leader in supplying construction material related products.  John’s efforts will be focused on the development and design phase where he will promote Cemstone’s products and services, including concrete buildings/insulated concrete form construction (ICF’s), concrete pavements and Cemstone’s family of performance based engineered products including Aridus®, Rapid Pave™ and T25.

John has been working in the Twin Cities construction industry for over 25 years.  Early in his career he worked for Twin City Testing (TCT) where he was responsible for the development and implementation of their International Code Council (ICC) testing programs.  After 13 years at TCT, he joined Cemstone in 2004 where he developed the Engineered Sales program as well as managed Cemstone’s Civil and Engineered Sales group.  In 2011, John returned to TCT, now known as Element Materials Technology, where he oversaw their Building Products Evaluation Group which focused on the testing of all types of concrete anchors in accordance with International Code Council (ICC) standards.  John helped Element become one of the leaders in the world for this type of testing.

Mr. Lee attended the University of Minnesota where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1992.  He is a member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) as well as the American Society for Standards and Materials (ASTM) and is registered professional engineer in Minnesota, Florida and North Carolina.

Cemstone is Recognized by National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for Commitment to Quality

Cemstone, the upper Midwest’s leader in high performance concrete, has been chosen as a recipient in the 2017 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Excellence in Quality Awards competition.  This is the seventh year Cemstone has received this award.  The NRMCA's Producer Excellence in Quality Award.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Producer Excellence in Quality Award recognizes the commitment to quality initiatives of ready mixed concrete producer members. A significant barrier to performance specifications versus prescription specifications for concrete, has been the qualification level of a concrete producer. This award provides a basis to recognize those that strive for continuous improvement through their quality initiatives. It provides reasonable goals for those concrete producers interested in elevating their own quality management systems. The criteria for this award are based on the guideline to develop a Quality Plan in Quality Management Systems for Ready Mixed Concrete Companies. 

The NRMCA’s Producer Excellence in Quality Award is based on the following categories: Management Commitment and Decision Process, Customer Focus, Human Resources, Production Facility and Equipment, Material Management and Testing, Specification and Mixture Review, and Measurement Analysis and Improvement.

A shift to performance-based specifications is the next logical step in the evolution of the ready mixed concrete industry. Performance-based specifications provide details of required results such as strength and other mechanical properties along with requirements for durability and serviceability. The results are verifiable through measurement or testing to assure the product meets the desired requirements. And finally, performance-based specifications are free of process limitations such as mixture proportions and construction methods. Performance-based specifications encourage innovative products and construction methods along with rigorous quality management systems that lead to superior products and satisfied customers.

"At Cemstone, we continually strive to refine our quality management practices, mix design development, raw material selection and operational procedures. We are pleased that our efforts are continually recognized by our national organization. This award helps to showcase Cemstone’s ready mixed concrete as the ideal, sustainable building material for almost every type of construction project“, said Lars Anderson, Cemstone’s QA/QC Manager of Engineering Services.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association was established in 1930 and operates through a partnership agreement with state associations.  Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion and education. With a goal of recognizing companies that demonstrate continuous improvement through their quality initiatives, and simultaneously setting attainable goals for concrete producer’s intent on elevating their quality management systemsAs an award-winning producer, Cemstone’s exceptional quality management practices are acknowledged.

Founded in 1927, Cemstone operates ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line of concrete pumping capabilities, aggregates, engineering services, concrete block and masonry products used in the construction of concrete structures.


Cemstone Recognized by National Ready Mixed Concrete Association for Commitment to Environmental Excellence

Cemstone is Category B recipient of 2015 NRMCA Commitment to Environmental Excellence Award

Mendota Heights, Minn. – September 24, 2015 – Cemstone has been chosen as Category B 1st-place winner in the 2015 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition. The Category B competition, for which Cemstone’s Columbus, Minn. facility received the award, is for those producers with an annual production between 25,001 and 50,000 cubic yards annually.

“Because of the Columbus Plant’s proximity to Crossways Lake, it is important to be innovative in how we address environmental issues at the site,” said Alex Olin, Cemstone’s Environmental and Safety Coordinator.  “We continually strive to improve our environmental performance not only at the Columbus location, but at all of our locations.”

Through the Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition, the NRMCA’s Operations, Environment, and Safety committee salutes companies that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and staff investment.  The competition was judged on 11 separate criteria that demonstrated the company’s commitment to the environment through innovative management.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association was established in 1930 and operates through a partnership agreement with state associations.  Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion and education.

North Star Stone and Masonry Acquires Superior Concrete Block

Mendota Heights, Minn. – June 2015 – North Star Stone and Masonry, a leader for top quality brick, block, stone and landscaping materials in Southern Minnesota has announced the acquisition of Superior Concrete Block Company’s concrete block operation in Mankato, Minnesota, which also includes the distribution of Armorflex erosion control products, and landscaping products. Superior Concrete will continue to provide agricultural precast products.

"The acquisition of Superior Concrete Block underscores North Star’s continued commitment to providing quality service and high quality block, brick, landscape, and contractor supply products to the Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa markets," said Chad Grande, Regional Manager of North Star Stone and Masonry. “Combined with our other North Star locations in Rochester, Owatonna and Medford this acquisition now enables our customers to attain our quality products over a much larger area."

North Star Stone and Masonry serves builders, architects, contractors, and homeowners. Their products include clay face brick, manufactured and natural stone veneers, architectural block, concrete and stone pavers, flagstone, concrete retaining wall products, contractor supply products and more.

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Cemstone Names Ted Lindahl Account Representative

Mendota Heights, Minn. – April 2015 – Cemstone has announced that Ted Lindahl, has joined the company in the position of North Metro Account Representative.

“We are excited to have Ted join the Cemstone sales team. His understanding of the construction industry and his attention to detail are valuable assets he’ll be able to extend to our customers,” said Kevin Fischer, North Region Sales Manager.

Ted graduated from UMD with a degree in accounting and went on to estimate and manage highway heavy projects, focusing on bridge and structural concrete construction. His knowledge of project conditions and scheduling will be advantage to our customers as the construction season progresses. For the past 8 years Ted has been involved in the sale of masonry and concrete accessories in the north metro.

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Cemstone Concrete Materials, LLC Names Mike Anderson Sales Account Representative

Mendota Heights, Minn. – April 2015 – Cemstone announced that Mike Anderson has joined the company in the position of Account Representative in the Ready Mixed Concrete Sales Division. Anderson will bring to Cemstone Concrete Materials his experience and proven track record to our Sales Division.

“We are excited to have Mike join the Cemstone sales team. His understanding of concrete batching and his attention to detail are valuable assets he’ll be able to extend to our customers,” said Mike Ward, Metro / Central Region Sales Manager.

Anderson, a Minnesota native, began his career as a ready mix driver for Wells Concrete in 1993. Soon after starting at Wells, he was promoted to plant manager of the Blue Earth location, throughout the years, Anderson has continued to gain education by receiving National Ready Mix Concrete Association Field Tech 1 certification and NRMCA Plant II Certification. Anderson has recently completed the American Concrete Institute Certified Flatwork Technician course. Anderson enjoys spending time with family and friends riding motorcycles.

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Cemstone is Recognized by National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for Commitment to Quality

Cemstone receives 2014 NRMCA Excellence in Quality Award

Mendota Heights, MN – September 20, 2014

Cemstone, the upper Midwest's leader in high performance concrete, has been chosen as a recipient in the 2014 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Excellence in Quality Awards competition. This is the fourth year Cemstone has received the NRMCA Excellence in Quality Award.

"At Cemstone, we are continually striving to refine our quality management practices, mix design development, raw material selection and operational procedures. We are pleased that our efforts have been recognized by the NRMCA. This award helps to showcase ready mixed concrete as the ideal, sustainable building material for almost every type of construction project", said Lars Anderson, Cemstone's QA/QC Manager of Engineering Services. Founded in 1927, Cemstone operates ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks and offers a complete line of concrete placing capabilities, aggregates, engineering services, concrete block & masonry products.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association was established in 1930 and operates through a partnership agreement with state associations. Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion and education. With a goal of recognizing companies that demonstrate continuous improvement through their quality initiatives, and simultaneously setting attainable goals for concrete producer's intent on elevating their quality management systems. The NRMCA's Research Engineering and Standards Committee established competition criteria based on the NRMCA's guideline for developing a Quality Plan in Quality Management Systems for Ready Mixed Concrete companies. As an award-winning producer, Cemstone's exceptional quality management practices are acknowledged.

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 Cemstone Recognized for Excellence in Quality for the THIRD Year in a ROW

Mendota Heights, Minn.  September 23, 2013  Cemstone receives 2013 NRMCA Excellence in Quality Award

Cemstone, the upper Midwest’s leader in high performance concrete, has been chosen as a recipient in the 2013 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Excellence in Quality Awards competition. This is the third year Cemstone has received the NRMCA Excellence in Quality Award.

“At Cemstone, we are committed to continually striving to refine our quality management practices, mix design development and raw material selection. We are pleased that our efforts have been recognized by the NRMCA. This award helps to showcase ready mixed concrete as the ideal, sustainable building material for almost every type of construction project“, said Lars Anderson, Cemstone’s QA/QC Manager of Engineering Services. Founded in 1927, Cemstone operates ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks and offers a complete line of concrete placing capabilities, aggregates, engineering services, concrete block & masonry products.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association was established in 1930 and operates through a partnership agreement with state associations.  Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion and education. With a goal of recognizing companies that demonstrate continuous improvement through their quality initiatives, and simultaneously setting attainable goals for concrete producer’s intent on elevating their quality management systems. The NRMCA’s Research Engineering and Standards Committee established competition criteria based on the NRMCA’s guideline for developing a Quality Plan in Quality Management Systems for Ready Mixed Concrete companies.  As an award-winning producer, Cemstone’s exceptional quality management practices are acknowledged.

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NRMCA to Mark Industry Milestone throughout 2013 Ready Mixed Concrete Turns 100

Silver Spring, MD – January 21, 2013– Ready Mixed Concrete Turns 100 Silver Spring, MD  January 21, 2013  According to urban legend, the first load of ready mixed concrete was delivered to a construction site in Baltimore in 1913, thus ushering in a new era of concrete construction and giving birth to what is now a $30 billion industry.

In celebration of the industry's 100th anniversary, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) will mark the occasion throughout 2013 with special events and historical features in its publications. Each week throughout the year, NRMCA will highlight its members' histories with special features in NRMCA E-NEWS. In addition, NRMCA's quarterly magazine, Concrete InFocus, will feature articles on the history of the industry. And special events are planned in conjunction with NRMCA's Annual Convention, to be held March 3-5 in San Antonio, TX, and the 2013 NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference & Expo, September 22-24 in Las Vegas. "NRMCA is proud to spearhead the celebration of this important milestone," said NRMCA President Robert Garbini. "The entire industry should take pride in the work it does in building our nation's future." NRMCA would like to thank its member companies BASF Admixtures, Euclid Chemical Company and Trimble Construction Logistics for their support in making these events possible through their Anniversary Sponsorship.

Founded in 1930, Silver Spring, MD-based NRMCA represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs

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Jordan, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA's Green-Star Certification

Mendota Heights, Minn.  October 23, 2012– Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in ready-mix, engineered and decorative concrete has earned Green-Star Certification by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for its Jordan batch plant facility in Jordan, Minn. It is the 4th Cemstone facility to receive such certification.

The NRMCA Green-Star Program recognizes those facilities that have achieved environmental excellence through the use of an Environmental Management System. The program was created in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Highways Partnership and inspired by the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship.

Among the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship that illustrate Cemstone's environmental commitments are: a commitment by top management, compliance assurance, measurement and control improvement, training and development, awareness and outreach, and research and development.

The Jordan plant has made many improvements to become more environmentally friendly, including using recycled concrete aggregate in the production of fresh concrete and performing an energy audit to locate places where more energy efficient options are available.

"It is an honor to be recognized for our commitment to the environment," said Brad Kreidermacher, Cemstone's southwest regional manager. "We will continue to utilize recycled aggregates into our concrete mixes and will continually work to lower our overall environmental impact through the use of our environmental management system."

Cemstone's Jordan plant is located at 3350 West 166th St. in Jordan and can be reached at 952-492-3939.

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St. Paul, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA's Green-Star Certification

Mendota Heights, Minn.  October 23, 2012– Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in ready-mix, engineered and decorative concrete has earned Green-Star Certification by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for its Midway batch plant facility in St. Paul, Minn. It is the 5th Cemstone facility to receive such certification.

The NRMCA Green-Star Program recognizes those facilities that have achieved environmental excellence through the use of an Environmental Management System. The program was created in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Highways Partnership and inspired by the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship.

Among the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship that illustrate Cemstone's environmental commitments are: a commitment by top management, compliance assurance, measurement and control improvement, training and development, awareness and outreach, and research and development.

"The great thing about the [NRMCA] green-star program is that any plant can qualify," remarked Pat Bergin, Cemstone's Environmental Manager. "You just have to set and meet your environmental objectives and then make the effort to search out new and more challenging goals to accomplish."

The Midway plant has made changes to reduce its carbon footprint and overall environmental impact. These changes include retrofitting trucks with new mufflers that reduce emissions and the incorporation of recycled aggregates into new concrete mixes.

Cemstone's Midway plant is located at 2058 Energy Park Drive in St. Paul and can be reached at 612-644-7066.

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Red Wing, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA's Green-Star Certification

Mendota Heights, Minn.  October 23, 2012– Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in ready-mix, engineered and decorative concrete has earned Green-Star Certification by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for its Red Wing batch plant facility in Red Wing, Minn. It is the 6th Cemstone facility to receive such certification.

The NRMCA Green-Star Program recognizes those facilities that have achieved environmental excellence through the use of an Environmental Management System. The program was created in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Highways Partnership and inspired by the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship.

Among the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship that illustrate Cemstone's environmental commitments are: a commitment by top management, compliance assurance, measurement and control improvement, training and development, awareness and outreach, and research and development.

The Red Wing plant put up a concrete retaining wall to protect the wetland to the east of the plant. The plant also had an energy audit completed to help locate areas were more energy efficient options are available. These efforts are only a portion of what Cemstone and the Red Wing plant are doing to reduce their environmental impact.

"The Goodhue County Soil & Water Conservation District was very helpful in assisting with the design of our retaining wall," said Pat Bergin, Cemstone's Environmental Manager. "The blocks were made from leftover concrete and the slope was seeded with 17 different varieties of native grasses."

Cemstone's Red Wing plant is located at 27592 Highway 61 Blvd. in Red Wing and can be reached at 800-325-6055.

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Cemstone Acquires Mix-Crete, Inc., Cameron, Wisc.

Acquisition Strengthens Cemstone's Full-Service Capabilities in Rice Lake Region, Wisc.

Mendota Heights, Minn.  October 4, 2012– Cemstone Ready Mix, Inc., the upper Midwest leader in ready-mixed concrete, engineered and architectural concrete, has announced the acquisition of Mix-Crete, Inc. which consists of one ready mix plant, an aggregate site, and delivery vehicles in Cameron, Wisc.

"The acquisition of Mix-Crete, Inc. underscores Cemstone's continued commitment to provide improved service and support for ready mixed concrete and aggregates to the Rice Lake, Wisc. region," said Timothy Becken, vice president of Cemstone operations. "Combined with our other a ready mixed concrete facilities this acquisition now enables our customers to attain our quality services and products to the Ladysmith and Bloomer areas."

Because concrete production uses many locally sourced and sustainable materials, the Cemstone plant will help architects, engineers and builders construct more environmentally friendly projects that employ local contractors.

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 Cemstone Recognized by National Ready Mixed Concrete Association for Commitment to Environmental Excellence

Cemstone is Category A recipient of 2012 NRMCA Commitment to Environmental Excellence Award

Mendota Heights, Minn.  September 24, 2012  Cemstone, the Upper Midwest's leader in high performance concrete, decorative and pervious concrete, and engineering services, has been chosen as Category A runner-up recipient in the 2012 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition. The Category A competition, for which Cemstone received the award, is for those producers with an annual production less than 25,000 cubic yards annually.

"With over 500 lakes located in the Brainerd area, it is important to remain active in our environmental practices to help preserve the natural beauty of the area," said Pat Bergin, Cemstone's Environmental Manager. We are constantly working to improve our environmental footprint in both our operations and our product."

Through the Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition, the NRMCA's Operations, Environment, and Safety committee salutes companies that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and staff investment. The competition was judged on 11 separate criteria that demonstrated the company's commitment to the environment through innovative management.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association was established in 1930 and operates through a partnership agreement with state associations. Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion and education.

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 Cemstone Recognized for Excellence in Quality for the Second Year

Mendota Heights, Minn.  September 17, 2012  Cemstone, the Upper Midwest's leader in high performance concrete, decorative and pervious concrete, and engineering services, has been chosen again as a Category A recipient in the 2012 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Excellence in Quality Awards competition. The Category A competition, for which Cemstone received the award, is for those producers with an annual production exceeding one million cubic yards of ready mixed concrete.

"At Cemstone, we are committed to continually striving to refine our quality management practices and we are pleased that our efforts have been affirmed by this NRMCA award," said Tim Becken, Cemstone's Senior Vice President of Operations. "And this award helps to showcase ready mixed concrete as the ideal, sustainable building material that it is  for every type of construction project." Cemstone was one of seven who received this prestigious award. This is the second year Cemstone received the NRMCA Excellence in Quality Award

With a goal of recognizing companies that demonstrate continuous improvement through their quality initiatives, and simultaneously setting attainable goals for concrete producers' intent on elevating their quality management systems, the NRMCA's Research Engineering and Standards Committee established competition criteria based on the NRMCA's guideline for developing a Quality Plan in Quality Management Systems for Ready Mixed Concrete companies. As an award-winning producer, Cemstone has demonstrated that they follow and exceed quality management principles over a broad range of activities from commitment to quality control while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association was established in 1930 and operates through a partnership agreement with state associations. Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion and education.

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 North Star Stone and Masonry Announces the Certification as a Producer of Rheopel® Plus Water Repellent Concrete Masonry Units

Medford, Minn.  July 23, 2012  North Star Stone and Masonry announced the Water-Repellent Admixture Certification for concrete block production containing Rheopel® Plus high-performance admixtures produced by BASF Construction Chemicals, LLC. The Rheopel® Plus Admixture System significantly reduces water absorption into concrete. With proper masonry design, good construction practice and the use of the BASF's Rheopel® Plus Admixture System, North Star Stone and Masonry's concrete masonry units will provide years of service and protection from moisture migration and wind-driven rain penetration.

North Star Stone and Masonry will manufacture Rheopel® Plus admixture-treated concrete masonry units, having met the performance requirements for water repellency, as set forth by BASF Construction Chemicals, LLC at their Medford Minn. plant location. Rick Johnson, Plant Manager, will oversee manufacturing, production and distribution to ensure quality levels and availability consistent with other North Star products.

"We're very excited at this growth opportunity for North Star Stone and Masonry to provide the region with quality, 'certified' water-repellent concrete masonry units," says Johnson. "These concrete masonry units will improve the quality, value and overall aesthetics of North Star's concrete masonry units through its inherent benefits. In addition to water-repellency, this process will enhance color intensity and uniformity as well as reduce the potential for efflorescence consistent with North Star's quality requirements."

North Star Stone and Masonry serves southern Minnesota builders, architects, contractors and homeowners. Their solutions include clay face brick, manufactured and natural stone veneers, architectural block, concrete and stone pavers, flagstone, natural stone, concrete retaining wall products and more. For more information call 507-252-1129 or 800-258-1129. The company's website is found at www.northstarmasonry.com

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 Mendota Heights, Minn. – July 2012 – Cemstone Facility Recognized earns a Green-Star Certification

St. Paul, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA’s Green-Star Certification

Cemstone has earned Green-Star Certification by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for its Childs Road batch plant facility in St. Paul, Minn. It is the 3rd Cemstone facility and one of only 14 plants in Minnesota to receive such certification.

The NRMCA Green-Star Program recognizes those facilities that have achieved environmental excellence through the use of an Environmental Management System. The program was created in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Highways Partnership and inspired by the 10 Guiding Principals of Environmental Stewardship.

“It is an honor for the Childs Road facility to be recognized for its environmental initiatives,” said John Dickey, Cemstone’s VP of Metro Operations. “Cemstone’s commitment to the environment will remain an important part of our mission as we go forward.”

Among the 10 Guiding Principals of Environmental Stewardship that illustrate Cemstone’s environmental commitment are: a commitment by top management, compliance assurance, measurement and control improvement, training and development, awareness and outreach, and research and development.

“Cemstone is dedicated to reducing its environmental impact, and that is evident at our Childs Road facility,” said Alex Olin, Cemstone’s Environmental and Safety Coordinator. “Through its use of recycled aggregate in new concrete mixes and the retrofitting of the on-site loader to reduce emissions, the Childs Road plant has taken strides to reduce its environmental impact.”

Cemstone’s Childs Road plant is located at 936 Childs Road in St. Paul.

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 Mendota Heights, Minn. – June 1, 2012 – Cemstone Facility Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Mendota Heights, Minn. – June 1, 2012 – Cemstone, has earned Green-Star Certification by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for its batch plant facility in Northfield, Minn. It is one of only 13 plants in Minnesota to receive such certification.

The NRMCA Green-Star Program recognizes those facilities that have achieved environmental excellence through the use of an Environmental Management System. The program was created in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Highways Partnership and inspired by the 10 Guiding Principals of Environmental Stewardship.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the NRMCA and its Green-Star program for environmental initiatives at the Northfield plant,” said Kyle Becken, Cemstone’s South Central Regional Manager. “Both Cemstone and Northfield will benefit from our continued commitment to the environment.”

Among the 10 Guiding Principals of Environmental Stewardship that illustrate Cemstone’s environmental commitment are: a commitment by top management, compliance assurance, measurement and control improvement, training and development, awareness and outreach, and research and development.

“The Northfield facility features advanced technologies and processes, such as a weir water-recycling system to handle wastewater and a new, cleaner burning engine for our yard loader,” said Alex Olin, Cemstone’s Environmental and Safety Coordinator. “Of equal importance, we audit and assess our environmental performance and continually strive to do better. That’s the true benefit of the NRMCA’s Green-Star Program.”

Cemstone’s Northfield plant is located at 1501 Riverview Lane and can be reached at 507-663-0340. The facility also features a Cemstone Contractor Supply Store, one of the Midwest’s leading suppliers of construction related products and a national leader in the distribution of insulating concrete forms used to build concrete structures.

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 Tom Becken Receives Leadership Award from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Mendota Heights, Minn. – April 17, 2012 – Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in ready-mixed, engineered, and architectural concrete, as well as aggregates, announced that H. Tom Becken, Cemstone CEO, has received the 2012 William B. Allen Award from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).

Recipients of NRMCA Business Administration, Operations, Environmental and Safety, Promotion, and Research, Engineering & Standards Committees' annual awards were recognized during the association's 2012 convention in Savannah, Ga.

The William B. Allen Award is given for a lifetime commitment and recognition of outstanding leadership to promote the success of the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry and to improve the financial health, performance, and sustainability of the Industry. The award is named after one of the ready mixed concrete industry's most distinguished and accomplished figures.

Mr. Becken, chief executive officer of Cemstone, joined the family business in 1957. Today, he works alongside his sons Thor and Tim, and brother Steve. Mr. Becken received a lifetime achievement award by the Minnesota Concrete Conference in 1995; the Distinguished Member Award from the Builders Exchange of St. Paul in 2000; and the lifetime achievement award from the Aggregates & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota in 2001.

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Cemstone is Category A recipient of 2011 NRMCA Excellence in Quality Award

Mendota Heights, Minn. - October, 2011 - Cemstone, the Upper Midwest's leader in high performance concrete, decorative and pervious concrete, and engineering services, has been chosen as a Category A recipient in the 2011 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Excellence in Quality Awards competition. The Category A competition, for which Cemstone received the award, is for those producers with an annual production exceeding one million cubic yards of ready mixed concrete.

"At Cemstone, we are committed to continually striving to refine our quality management practices and we are pleased that our efforts have been affirmed by this NRMCA award," said Tim Becken, Cemstone's Senior Vice President of Operations. "And this award helps to showcase ready mixed concrete as the ideal, sustainable building material that it is – for every type of construction project out there."

With a goal of recognizing companies that demonstrate continuous improvement through their quality initiatives, and simultaneously setting attainable goals for concrete producers intent on elevating their quality management systems, the NRMCA's Research Engineering and Standards Committee established competition criteria based on the NRMCA's guideline for developing a Quality Plan in Quality Management Systems for Ready Mixed Concrete companies. As an award-winning producer, Cemstone's exceptional operational management practices are acknowledged.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association was established in 1930 and operates through a partnership agreement with state associations. Its mission is to responsibly represent and serve the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion and education.

Founded in 1927, Cemstone operates ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line of concrete pumping capabilities, aggregates, engineering services, concrete block and masonry products, and is the nation’s largest distributor of Reward® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) used in the construction of concrete structures.

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